Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

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[Patrick Moore]

I think one of the most pernicious aspects of the modern environmental movement is this romanticisation of peasant life; and the idea that industrial societies are the destroyers of the world.

[James Shikwati]

One clear thing that emerges from the whole environmental debate is the point that theres somebody keen to kill the African Dream; and the African Dream is to develop.

[Comment 135: See previous comments, especially Comment 123, page 104 – this statement is either extremely ill-informed or profoundly and intentionally misleading.]

(In breach of Ofcom 5.7)

[Patrick Moore]

The environmental movement has evolved into the strongest force there is for preventing development in the developing countries.

[James Shikwati]

We are being told: dont touch your resources; dont touch your oil; dont touch your coal. That is suicide.

[Patrick Moore]

I think its legitimate for me to call them anti-human – like, okay, you dont have to think humans are better than whales, or better than owls, or whatever, if you dont want to, right; but surely it is not a good idea to think of humans as sort of being scum, you know – that its okay to have hundreds of millions of them go blind, or die or whatever. I just cant relate to that.

[Comment 136: Again, (see previous comments, especially Comment 123, page 104), this statement is either extremely ill-informed or profoundly and intentionally misleading. Furthermore, it is an extreme ad hominem attack (an ad hominem is a logical fallacy, which consists of replying to an argument by attacking the person making the argument, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument).

Moores comments are also a further example of the straw man logical fallacy (see Comment 132, page 112) since very few (if any) members of the environmental movement hold the views he ascribes to them. The remarks are also deeply offensive and slanderous to many millions of people, but are unlikely to be actionable since no individuals are named. It is in clear breach of Section 7 of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.]

(In breach of the 2003 Communications Act Section 265, Ofcom 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.11, 5.12, 7.2, 7.3, 7.6, 7.9)

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